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City of Annapolis announce community meetings on police chief hiring process

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Posted at 10:15 PM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-25 23:23:10-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The City of Annapolis has scheduled the first of four community meetings on the police chief hiring process.

This comes after Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley announced the departure of Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker in February.

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The upcoming community meetings aims to gather resident's input on priorities for hiring a new City of Annapolis Police Chief. The meetings will be facilitated by community leader Bishop Craig Coates and will all start at 7 p.m. in Annapolis.

“The purpose of these meetings is for residents in all wards of the City to inform us as to what they want in a Police Chief,” Mayor Buckley said. “We want to go into the interview process with potential candidates where we can ask the kinds of questions that the people of our City feel are most pressing.”

The first meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 25 at the Cook-Pinkney American Legion Post #141. Followed by:

  • Meeting 2: Monday, April 1 at Eastport Fire Station (914 Bay Ridge Ave)
  • Meeting 3: Tuesday, April 2 at “Pip” Moyer Recreation Center (273 Hilltop Ln)
  • Meeting 4: Thursday, April 4 at Mt. Olive Church Community Center (2 Hicks Ave)

City officials say seven people were appointed in March to become the interview panel as part of the hiring process for finding a new Chief for the Annapolis Police Department. The city will advertise the police chief position once they have received public input at the community meetings.

The search process for a new Chief will likely take 60 to 90 days.